Worcester, Mass. – Clark University men's basketball senior Nicholas DaPrato (Marshfield, Mass.) has been named to the Capital One Academic All-District I team it was announced today after being selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
A management major, DaPrato sports a 3.66 grade point average and has emerged as one of the New England Women's And Men's Athletic Conference's (NEWMAC) best players. He ranks second in the league in scoring (17.6), third in free throw percentage (82.7), third in steals (1.7) and fourth in three-pointers made (35).
He has been in double figures in 15 of the 18 games so far this season and has eight games with 20 points or more, including a career-high 40 in a win at Fitchburg State in November.
In order to qualify for CoSIDA All-Academic status, the nominated student-athlete must be of sophomore academic standing with a GPA of 3.30 or above.
Academic All-District teams are comprised of student-athletes who are divided into eight geographic districts across the United States and Canada.
44 student-athletes from Division III – including Springfield's Nick Sienkiewicz- were named to First-team Academic All-District teams. They all advance to the Capital One Academic All-America Team ballot where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be selected later this month.
Since the Academic All-America program began back in 1952, Clark has only had three student-athletes achieve that status. Women's swimmer Liz Rosen was a second-team selection in 2011, joining men's soccer's Matthew Maranz (1987, third-team) and women's basketball standout Michele Maxwell (1993, second team).